Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010

Macaron Madness. 65 different flavours. One day to over indulge.

Sydney may have put on cooler temps and persistent rain in the middle of spring but it didn’t deter the eager crowd that queued patiently outside the Balmain patisserie on Saturday 6th November. Australia’s answer to Ladurée, Zumbo is renowned for his creative genius when it comes to making cakes, pastries, desserts and macarons with a wow factor.

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010

With unusual flavours such as Salted Butter Popcorn, Toothpaste, Vegemite Sourdough, Beer and Nuts, Blue Cheese and Burnt Toast, making a choice was no easy task. Flyers listing the various flavours were handed out so people had ample time to make a choice before stepping into the patisserie which was cleared of the usual desserts to make way for the mountains of macarons.

Pre-packed macaron boxes were on sale, and the first five people to find the Golden Macaron win a day at the Zumbo lab. Much like Willy Wonka, I suspect Adriano has how own Oompa Loompas working in his factory.

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Long queue of patient patrons facing a television crew (out of view) filming a documentary on Zumbo

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Even dogs wanted to join the queue! [Edit] Chocolatesuze with an eager pooch

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
A glimpse of the action inside the tiny shop.

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Negroni macarons

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Fish and Chips macarons in newspaper

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Tabaccoroni macarons

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Hamburgers macarons (with sesame seeds on the ‘bun’)

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Peanut butter and jelly macarons

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Fairy Bread macarons

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Salmon macarons

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Fingerbun macarons

Macaron mania commenced from 7am at the Patisserie in Balmain, as well as the new café in  Rozelle. We arrived around 10.15 am and joined the queue with the international line up of people from the USA and Japan. There was a camera crew interviewing select people and many were not too shy about airing their passion for these gourmandises.

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Large macarons with raspberry

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Large macarons with raspberry

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Basil, cream and raspberry

An hour and a half later, we left with a selection of macarons. All that was left to do was to start the tasting and match the macaron to the list of flavours.

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Back (L to R): Pistachio, Choc Zumbo, Yoghurt Chilli Tangerine, Negroni, Sichuan Pepper
Middle (L to R):
Chocolate Smoked Marshmallow, Pinenut Gianduja, Black Sesame, Strawberry Bubble gum, Black Garlic
Front (L to R): Blueberry Lavender, Liquorice,
Cherry Adzuki Bean, Pear Vanilla and Macadamia, Lemon Verbena and Mint

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Lollipops (L), Basil, cream and raspberry macaron (R)

Macaron Tasting Notes

Pistachio – lighter in taste than anticipated, unless it was a different flavour
Choc Zumbo – rich chocolate with sprinkles on top that tasted of pop corn
Yoghurt Chilli Tangerine – tangy flavour offset by the milky taste of yoghurt with a good chilli kick
Negroni – strong Campari notes and I like to think there was Gin in it, a favourite
Sichuan Pepper – savoury with an unmistakable pepper taste
Chocolate Smoked Marshmallow – smoky aroma and taste that reminded me of Gouda cheese
Pinenut Gianduja – strong notes of hazelnut followed by pinenuts
Black Sesame – strong sesame taste, a favourite
Strawberry Bubble Gum – just like bubble gum, you’d want to blow bubbles
Black Garlic – sweet garlic taste that hits you like a truck, loved it
Blueberry Lavender – the taste of Provence in your mouth
Liquorice – reminded me of Ladurée’s réglisse, bravo Zumbo!
Cherry Adzuki Bean – unusual flavour with hints of cherry
Pear Vanilla and Macadamia – very mild flavours, couldn’t taste the pear but picked up on macadamia
Lemon Verbena and Mint – lightly minty with a mild and lemony flavour, a delicate flavour combination that complements an afternoon tea
Lollipops – just like eating lollies, tastes of sweets and reminded me of my childhood
Basil, Cream & Raspberry – great combination of flavours, none too overpowering, more like a dessert than a macaron

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Adriano Zumbo Patisserie
296 Darling Street, Balmain

Adriano Zumbo Cafe
114 Terry St, Rozelle


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Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010 was last modified: December 20th, 2015 by Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.


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  2. Ok, this is awesome! I can’t get over the flavor combinations… so glad you made it in to sample these wonders. Not too sure about the fish & chips macarons..interesting concept though – did they come with a beer on the side? 🙂 Wonderful photos – j’adore!

    • Merci! Wish I could offer you some 🙂 Zumbo is a genius when it comes to macarons and cakes. His mind must be an amazing place 🙂

  3. HAHAHAHA that’s ME in the pic with the dog! Please please may I use it on my post? I was so close to getting the Choc Zumbo and the Strawberry bubblegum were they any good?

    • Hello and what a nice coincidence 🙂

      The Choc Zumbo was a little unusual. The chocolate part was great and the sprinkles on top tasted like popcorn! Strawberry bubblegum was just like bubblegum. One bite and I thought I was going to start blowing bubbles! I might add tasting notes to the post tomorrow!

      Of course you may use the photo on your post. Please out a credit/link to Gourmantic. I look forward to checking it out!

  4. Absolute madness was it not? Glad I came a little later. Only waited 1 hour total.

    Loved the newspaper display for the fish & chip ones!

    • Hi Simon and welcome 🙂 It was madness alright but worth the wait. 1 hour isn’t too bad. At least everyone was nice and chatty in the queue.

      Very clever of Adriano! Did you try the fish and chips? I was tempted…

  5. Wow! Macaron madness indeed! Some flavors I would never have imagined. The chocolate flavors and liquorice look really good, and the negroni looks interesting. I don’t know about the hamburger one. Yes, please add tasting notes. I hope you’re enjoying your macarons.

    • I enjoyed each one, just as much as playing macaron bingo with the flavours! Loved the negroni. I could have easily had a few!

  6. You know I think I’m the only one in the world not on board with the macaron craze, maybe it’s because I prefer salty over sweet – let’s go back to the bacon craze 🙂

    • I understand, because I feel the same lacklustre interest about cupcakes. With flavours like burnt toast, fish and chips and hamburgers, I wouldn’t be surprised if Zumbo experimented with bacon for his macarons! 🙂

  7. OMG. Just catching up on commenting here and this is the second time I read this article with envy. So wish I had known about this to tell my mum so she could make the trip over the bridge. Next year. Thanks for the detailed tasting notes!

    • It’s worth the drive and the queue. But I’m glad it’s only once a year, or the macarons should come with a gym membership certificate! 🙂

  8. do you know I’ve never had a macaron and plan to try my first this week. I live in Canada but I am lusting after the basil and raspberry beauties in this post!

    • I only came to know macarons in the last couple of years. It was love at first taste 🙂 I hope you can find macarons in Canada as good as Zumbo’s. The basil and raspberry was a most satisfying dessert!

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  10. Found your blog on! These macaroons look deliciouuuus!! I used to not like them before, but I think that’s because I hadn’t had GOOD ones. Now I am obsessed.

    • Hi Michelle and welcome. There’s a big difference in taste when it comes to macarons and if you have the chance to try Zumbo’s, you’d be blow away!

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